Patriots sign Tim Tebow

It turns out Bill Belichick really doesn’t hate Tim Tebow after all.

ESPN’s Ed Werder reports the Patriots have signed the former Jets’ backup quarterback, and expect him to be present for tomorrow’s minicamp.

In a corresponding move, the Pats released quarterback Mike Kafka.

So much for the CFL and AFL alternatives.

Since his release from the Jets, Tebow was seemingly blackballed by the league, with no team showing serious interest in the much-discussed signal-caller.

Belichick himself made news when a report last month claimed he “hated” Tebow as a player. Four days after denying the report, Belichick went out and personally proved the rumor false.

Though he obviously won’t start in New England, Tebow should have no issue winning the third-string job behind Tom Brady and Ryan Mallett. He’ll also be reunited with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, whom Tebow knows from his once-magical days in Denver, so grasping the system won’t be an issue.

It’ll be intriguing to see if the Patriots employ the Wildcat with Tebow, something the Jets failed horribly with in 2012.

Zack Kelberman
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